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The Postmodern Invasion

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The Postmodern Invasion By Hannah Hughes If you've reached this point then you have survived a small piece of my postmodern life. Woooo! The Next Beginning! The stories we tell ourselves, to explain ourselves, to ourselves. Metanarratives Simulacra and Simulations The Four Orders and a Banana Consumerism Language Games The Blurring of Public and Private Works Cited Eat the food you like, be an individual, fit these jeans, lose weight, now buy this diet product so you can eat the food you like. Go to school, stress yourself out, get the good grades, to go to university, to get a good job, now quick pay back your university. Buy to be unique and let what you buy represent who you are but the stores all sell the same things. How much wood could a wood chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? Your Turn. Why does everyone need to know about Paul & I? Why does it matter so much to everyone else what we look like? People use to ask me when I was younger why I was so thin, I even once had a woman come up to me in the mall to inform me she worked at the hospital and if I ever needed help with my eating disorder I could ask for her. I'm thin because that's what my body has decided it is, but in today's society that just isn't good enough. I know that I don't gain weight but at the same time I have found myself looking at the labels on food products to check the calories. We are told to not worry about what other people think just to be ourselves and everyone will like you. But that only works for those who fit the social box. I try to reject this metanarrative of the ideal woman and look into who I really am, but with so much of our world consumed by advertisements it's hard not to see what everyone else wants us to be. Metanarratives like this consume our society and dominates who we are as individuals, everything from our hair to our sense of self is controlled by the idea of who we are suppose to be. I reject the idea, I reject the brands and the fashions to any degree that I can. But when the whole world is moving in one 'perfect' direction it is hard not to be drawn in by the dark side that holds the
cookies. "" Totality is explained by metanarratives
which are not individual most of which are usually
lies."" (Breaton, 2013). I believe this to be true are
much as the above metanarrative impacts my life
it is true for everyone who is involved the the
technoculture society that is almost impossible to
escape. Be yourself eat what you want be who ever you want to be you are an individual. But how long can one be an individual for? In a world made up of metanarratives and simulacra how long can one be their own perfect little snow flake for? How long before we realize that when you don't fix the social box you might as well be purple. We see ads all the time telling us to love who we are but they are off set by the kids help phone commercials that explain to us what a real problem bullying is and how no one just accepts who you are. I find myself because of these commercials rebelling against the ones who are trying to help because the people in these commercials were never bullied.
They were not social
misfits they fit the
box so well that they
might as well have
built it. They are the
TV simulacra just
another pretty face
on TV to remind the
general public what
they are not. Post Modernism: Hannah's Notes Okay now you're finished! Is this what perfection means? My father and I dance a language game, in fact thinking about it I am completely a product of the post modern societies language games. Every aspect of almost any conversation I have is a response to a question, an avoidance, a dance around a subject, or what I am asking is a question itself. Language games have to exist in my life in order to ask a question in a respectable yet direct manor. Lyotard has much to say about language games, ""i) rules do not carry there own legitimation, ii) if there are no rules there is no games, iii) to speak is to fight, in the sense of playing, and speech acts fall within the domain of general antagonists. Prom dress shopping. Sounds easy pick a dress, pick a colour, find your size. The consumer society according to Felluga is "'that consumption has taken over our way of thinking, All reality is filtered through the logic exchange of value and advertising."" Prom is the movement from one stage of life (being a teenager) into early adulthood in 21 century western society it is also significant of the completion the second stage of an education. Prom has been turned into a wedding-like event. You must have your hair done, your nails painted, dresses for the event start at 150$ you must have a flower and your date should be in a suit, matching her of course. They advertising that comes along with prom has been the push that makes people believe that they must have everything. As well the dresses in every mall are the same style the same design, the impending pressure that comes with the date forces people into the shops, and once your in what choice do you have but to buy the dresses that they are selling? I have rejected this idea of 'wedding-prom consumerism'. I chose instead to borrow a dress from the Shaw Festivals warehouse but when I take a
moment to actually think about it even though there is the one instant where I reject the idea of consumerism. I am a product of the
post modern consumerism and buy in the shops like anyone else. I have attached a short enough video that explains what I believe
to be a black humor explanation of what prom is today and the stupidity of that idea. -enjoy! How is an original worth more than a copy if they are all the same but a copy is worthless. -Breaton 2013 As I am writing this I'm listening to youtube no specific music just have a list of a couple hundred songs that I leave on shuffle. None of them I have ever paid for, yet someone paid to record every single one of them with the hope of making money. This list of music has no meaning for me and I know that most of it has been pirated illegally but for me this is the same as owning the CD. Youtube is a simulation of a Cd or record shop, everything is accessible but nothing is paid for. Yet for the millions of 'youtubers' on our planet the website has become where anyone goes to find music or video's even replacements of the how to books. Although this is not the case for everyone I know that I have taken youtube as a replacement for the physical Cd, and to such a degree that I can't actually remember the last time I owned a Cd.
According to Baudrillard "" society has become so reliant on the models that we have lost all contact with the world. I reject this idea of the Post Modern society as I do not think that I live without the real in my life. But there are moments where I find myself doing things as stupid as playing Zombie farming and worrying about the plants that I have growing, I worry more about the electronic garden that I have growing then the real one believing the natural elements will take care of my actual plants. I in this respect I am in moments of my life slipping into allowing simulations to replace the real. i- Image reflects basic reality


ii-Image masks/ perverts basic reality


iii- Image masks the absence of basic reality


iv-Image bears no true relation to reality and replaces it If it looks like a banana, feels like a banana, and tastes like a banana then it probably is a genetically mutated fruit. I live off of fruit and veggies for the most part, and the banana was one of my favourtie fruits it was my favourite colour and rhymed with my name, what wasn't to love? Then I began to learn about genetically modified foods and what I was eating wasn't a real food. According to Lyotard's rules I fit the post modern idea of language games, i) Everything that someone chooses to say should, in the case of a language game be taken as an object of contract. As much as this bothers me I find myself taking people up things that they may have not meant to be serious. Yet anything that some one says can be considered fair play in a language game. ii) Everything that someone says has an equal and opposite reaction... maybe that's physics but its the same idea. Everything that I say to someone especially to my father must be seen like a move in the game, anything that is said by either member should be spoken of only after the ramifications are thought through. iii) Lyotard`s third rule is the only one that I can not relate to my life, when I play a language game with anyone it is human nature to want to come out on top. To be the person who stumps the other, and that is the way the language games in my life are played. Yet even though I don`t match the third aspect of Lyotards language game I believe that my own third rule which is only a slight variation of Lyotards still leaves me as a product of the post modern era and a connoisseur of local language games. As a result of our studies in post modernism I have become aware of the many different metanarratives that over shadow our lives. As much as I have become aware of this metanarrative I find no need to escape it simply just edit it. I try my best to stay zen and avoid the stress that most students associate with school. I do tend to find myself fighting for the good grades and trying to fill the social standard by going to university yet I never thought of myself going to school as a way to fulfill the social stigma instead it was a way to better my life and to better ensure a successful future. I feel that Herd's idea of reality is well suited for this somewhat influential metanarrative, ""All reality is someone's willful and powerful construction of their own idea's, language is the primary leader and tool in construction"" (Herd). Although what Herd is saying here seems to be some what contradictory to the idea of a metanarrative I believe that language is the tool that allows someone to construct their own life and the reality that someone creates is an image of their willful construction. I play with language and use language in order to better my life and although staying somewhat in line with this metanarrative the life that I will be choosing to create will be the image of my willpower. Although the banana looks like a banana it is not a banana it does not have seeds how can a fruit continue to make more new fruit if there are no seeds to make the fruit from? The human population did not like the seeds so the banana was mutated to no longer contain sees as the seed banana were slowly take out of the stores. Now the original banana does not exist anymore but no one including myself has missed the bright yellow fruit because there is a simulation that has slowly taken over. The new mutated banana has masked the absence of the original banana and made its entrance into our stores seamless. Can you guess which is the real? Or is there a real anymore? When you tell someone the banana no longer exist they look at you like you've just gotten hit in the head by something hard and trust me it happens more often then not.. The new
genetically mutated banana has taken over the place of the original banana and the image itself has been replaced. A game of questions. Figured it would make you giggle. It's hard to find a picture to represent the post modern language games. The Control of Knowledge I had a neighbor for a very long time she died at the age of 94. I had always thought that she was one of the most interesting people in the world. She had lived through both world wars and had so many wonderful stories to tell me. I was the last person to see her alive and was in shock to find out that she shad left everything to me and my family. She had not had any living family and looked at me like her grand-daughter, When we began going through her things we were shocked to find that she had no money in the bank instead it had been hidden in tins around her house. She had
many things like this in her
home she had hidden collections of metal wire coat hangers because she remembered a time where that metal was worth the same as the money itself. Jessie had lived though a time of not trusting the government. Although in today's society almost everyone has a bank account we have different reasons to fear the powers above us. The corporations have more control over our lives than the government the access that we have allowed in to the hands of these mass-producing corporations means that in the words of Lyotard ""that the new form of circulation is knowledge... and the selling of knowledge means that the relationship of suppliers and users of knowledge is to supply and the use of knowledge is now tending"". With the open sources of knowledge like facebook, computer history, and public work e-mails the people who now possess the power are those who we give it to, and those people are privately owned mass-corporations. ""Knowledge is becoming the stake for world competition of power"" (Lyotard) and the ones that have control of that power are not the elected officials but those who are rich enough to own the things that we believe we want. The power that we give them is something to be feared. Yet me the same as everyone else has been a contributor to this control. There has been a substantial change in the nature of knowledge, and the nature of people's curiosity. Nothing is personal any more and instead everything is "" blurred to the point of losing all its rationality"" (Baudrillard). The inquiries that people have about other people's lives and the sensitive information that is a part of every persons life have moved from being a personal wonder to a public inquiry. People feel it is there business to know exactly what is going on in every others person's life. I have tried to the best of my ability to reject that idea, ""if its not your story don't tell it, and even if it is always ask yourself who the hell wants to know"" (Hannah, 2007). Although i can not say i am perfect for this I have always made a point of not asking people about their lives if they had not been willing to share before as it is obviously not my business. But in today's open information society (twitter, facebook ect.) people have blurred the line between personal and private to the point where the distinction no longer exists and the rational mind does not ask itself, do I really need to know. The distinctions in post modern life are not just blurred in the public and private setting but as Mary Klages says ""Poetry seems more like a documentary... blurring the distinctions between genres."" In any poem I read that has been written during the post modern era has (now that it has been brought to my attention) seemed more like a tale of love, or hate, heat break, or a day in the life of. Very few of the poems have been written just for the sake of writing, for the beauty or the love. Even in my own life I keep a blog of poems. But nothing that I have ever written in my blog has been written just to write it instead all tells a story, portrays my thoughts, feeling, and the events that have taken place. The old I become and the more involved I am in my own life the more I have come to notice that what I say and write is not for its own beauty but more a historical recording. Even if the history itself is false I write the history from my own perspective which includes no ones else idea's or beliefs. So how can my history be believe or take as anything more than the tale it is? http://www.poemhunter.com/poems/new-poems/ www.youtube.com Breaton, Mike. English Lecture. St. Catharines: Sir Winston Churchill, 2013. Oral.

Baudrillard, Jean. Simulacra and Simulations. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1988. Print.

Felluga, Dino. Jean Baudrillard on Postmodernity. Print. <http://www.purdue.edu/guidetotheory/postmodernism/modules/ baudrillardpostmodernity.html>.>.

Klages, Mary . Literary Theory: A Guide for the Perplexed. Continuum Press, 2007. Print.

Herd, by R. Wesley. Postmodernism. McKenzie Study Centre, Gutenberg College, 1995. Print.

Lyotard, Jean-François. The Postmodern Condition A Report on Knowledge. Manchester University Press, 1979. Print.
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